Apr 21, 2020

Café La MaMa Live: Take 3

Moderated by Chris Ignacio

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Weekly live performances that experiment with form.  Responding to calls for social isolation, Café La MaMa Live brings La MaMa’s 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance. Guest curators each week give artists a digital platform to share their work with the world.

This Week:
Leah Ogawa, Ryan Szelong, Sugar Vendil,
Zui Gomez, Nikolai Mishler, Jazmin Yvonne

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Zui Gomez, born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Miami & received her BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. She currently dances for Gibney Company where she has performed works by Bryan Arias, Stefanie Batten Bland, Peter Chu, Gina Gibney, Shannon Gillen, Bobbi Jean Smith, Micaela Taylor, and briefly worked with Banning Bouldin. She has appeared on GlamourSpain magazine with Marlon Tyler Wiles (a dancer and jewelry designer in NYC as well as a guest artist to this program), featured on a six page spread on DanceSpirit Magazine, modeled for Good HyouMan, and enthusiastically been a part of fashion week for two years with designs by Cristina Ruales (choreography by Jen Roit) and Jessica Lapidos. She was recently a dancer at the opening dance ceremony for a clothing line Berenik based in NYC, designs by Veronica Brusa with choreography by Pascal Rekoert and appeared on the NASDAQ billboard in partnership with campaign for Volunteers of America. She is extremely stoked to be showcasing dance through stop motion and bring two worlds that live so closely amongst one another. This is her the first time showing this kind of work and couldn’t more grateful for this experience. Thank you all for taking the time.

Headshot of Nikolai Mishler

Nikolai Mishler is Brooklyn-based theater director/maker, musician, songwriter. He has worked with groups such as PublicWorks, Downtown Urban Arts Fest, Talking Band, Witness Relocation, Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, Subtle Pride, Mad&Merry, and Creative Narratives. Check out his main music project And Lucky on Spotify, Youtube, Bandcamp, etc and IG/FB @andluckyband. www.nikolaimishler.com

Headshot of Leah Ogawa

Leah Ogawa is a puppeteer, director, and model based in New York City. Raised in Yamanashi, Japan, Leah has worked with puppeteers, artists, and companies including The Metropolitan Opera, Phantom Limb, Dan Hurlin, Tom Lee, Nami Yamamoto, Loco 7, and others. She has performed across the US as well as at the Quai Branly in Paris and across Asia. Leah is a recipient of the Queens Council on the Arts’ New Work Grant for her original piece, Molding. She is currently in residency at New Victory LabWorks. For more information visit leahogawa.com and follow @leahogawa on Instagram.

Headshot of Ryan Szelong

Ryan Szelong is a writer/performer/director from the Bay Area, California & currently based in NYC. He is a member of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group, and was previously a Fellow with University Settlement’s Performance Project and LAMBDA Literary’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. NYU: Tisch PHTS.

Headshot of Sugar Vendil

Sugar Vendil is a composer, pianist, and interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. Her artistic practice is strongly rooted in rigorous discipline as a musician and gradually expanded into performance that integrates music, movement, and unconventional approaches to the piano. She is a proud second generation Filipinx American. Vendil was recently awarded an ACF | Create commission to write a work for Boston-based duo Box Not Found (May 2020) and was awarded with 2020 Fellowships at the National Arts Club and Sokoloff Arts. She was a 2019 Artist in Residence at High Concept Labs in Chicago and was awarded a 2019 Chamber Music America commission to write a new work for her ensemble, The Nouveau Classical Project, which she founded in 2008. Vendil was a finalist in National Sawdust’s 2019 Hildegard Competition. ETHEL premiered her new string quartet in December 2019 as part of their Homebaked commissioning program. She was a 2019 resident artist at Mabou Mines and an artist in residence at Target Margin Theater. In 2016, she was a Fellow in the Target Margin Institute for Collaborative Theater Making, which encouraged her to further pursue composition and performance making. Other residencies include Marble House Project, Summer Labs at National Sawdust, Avaloch Farm, Earthdance (E|MERGE Multidisciplinary Residency), the A-Z West Wagon Station Encampment, Arts Letters & Numbers, and Yaddo. She holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance. She has performed at a variety of venues, ranging from arts spaces such as BAM Fisher, Dixon Place, Knockdown Center’s Ready Room, MoMa PS1, National Sawdust, the New School’s Glassbox Theater, The Stone, and Roulette; to galleries and spaces such as The Development Gallery, Milk Studios, and Spring Studios. Vendil is an advocate of the oxford comma, is obsessed with her cat Coco, and has an excellent memory.

Headshot of Jazmin Yvonne

Poughkeepsie native Jazmin Yvonne is a gifted vocalist with a unique sound that blends the soulful and experimental styles of artists like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Little Dragon, and The Noisettes. Jazmin Yvonne expresses herself through music and poetry that invites everyone to experience her world in the most authentic and vulnerable sense. Her passionate performances have been captivating audiences on the East Coast. Currently, Jazmin is recording her own original music and singing live all over New York City.

Online Happenings


Presented by La MaMa and CultureHub, La MaMa is exploring ways to respond creatively to a situation that is potentially changing how we gather as a community in our theatres. La MaMa is working with CultureHub to provide online streaming of select productions and events on Howlround Theatre Commons.

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